The Premier League weekend starts with a potentially stunning game, if Wednesday’s Champions League classic is any guide. Tottenham have to enter the lion’s den once more, as they travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City, this time in the league.
It may be asking a bit much to come close to Wednesday’s excitement, but both teams still have a lot to play for. Tottenham are by no means certain of a top four place while City are involved in a titanic race for the title with Liverpool.
That said, both teams came off the pitch on Wednesday looking very tired. Understandably, they had all given everything. So it becomes a question of who has the biggest squad to enable the team to recover the quickest, and the answer surely is City.
We think far from moping after the defeat, City will bring in some fresher players and look for revenge in the form of three points. And we think they will win going away.
It’s tricky to make City player-based predictions as changes are inevitable as the odds as so cramped, so we’ll go with a correct score – 3-0.
The late game sees Newcastle host Southampton. Both teams have struggled at points during the season but strong runs early this calendar year have drawn them away from the relegation zone.
The tactical nous of Rafa Benitez at Newcastle has been long appreciated, but new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has created an attractive style at Southampton which has brought results.
The team from the south coast won well last time out, with Nathan Redmond netting twice, and we’ll take the 4/1 on offer that he scores anytime today.
Man City/Spurs: City to win 3-0, 1 pt, at 8/1, bet365
Newcastle/Southampton: Redmond to score anytime, 1 pt. at 4/1, Paddy Power
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